Gather Here: History for Young People is Live!

History for Young People - Seattle's first "Crapper"
Using toilet humor–this is Seattle’s first “Crapper” a toilet made in England by Thomas Crapper.

In August, I posted a news item on my web site about a middle-grade nonfiction project I started with my friends Valerie Stein and Mark Holtzen. Today, I’m pleased to announce that it’s available to the public for educational use! Gather Here: History for Young People contains a collection of four articles and a historical fiction short to bring Pacific Northwest history alive to students ages 8-12.

I’ve enjoyed diving into the regional history of our new home and have more topic ideas than I have time to write. My contribution to the collection introduces The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and the efforts to rebuild Seattle after the majority of the city’s wood-built downtown area burned. Other topics covered in this collection include the history of Seattle’s playgrounds, the history of baseball, and the story of George Washington Bush.

This first collection is available free of charge for educational use while we gather feedback on the content, format, and topics with hopes of launching a subscription model in the future. So if you are an educator, please check it out. Use the collection in your classroom and send us feedback! We’d love to hear your thoughts, and plan to base our next collection on topics suggested by the educators who will be using our materials in the classroom, so speak up!

We presented Gather Here to a group of teachers, librarians, and other authors this past weekend at nErDcamp Bellingham 2016. The level of enthusiasm for the project was encouraging. As grade 3-8 children work through the local history that is now part of the Washington State curriculum guidelines, we’re excited to provide relevant, age-appropriate content to support their learning journey. Please check out Gather Here: History for Young People today!